Missouri River 10/26/16


36″x 48″ Acrylic on Lexan


Finally the Lexan piece wasn’t being obliterated by the wind and the easel stood its ground.
A calm day on the Missouri river allowed for a tranquil and placid atmosphere that was so stark in its image and color, palette moves were created that had never been done before.  The idea for fly cast paintings and how they are created is to be more flexible and evolve past rivers and actually capture the stillness of lakes.  The immensity of the Missouri River and all it has to offer, in the way of a gentle giant that can ravage shorelines and fishing parties in an unmerciful terror, was allowing it to be captured in its time of rest.  This is the largest piece of Lexan that I have casted to yet, and it did not disappoint in its availability to the casting motion due to its larger size.  With the waters appearing to be so still, a loop was made in the yarn with the understanding that there are fish rising on the surface, and the water’s reflection’s mirror the other side of the bank with no harsh breaks to the river’s film.  When standing at the rivers edge a fish ring appears to be in an oval shape hence the loop being used in the first stages rather than a straight piece of yarn.  This simple change allowed for a more playful atmosphere on the painting and really showed the area that a surface ring could cover.  The Lexan was cast against in a really soft manner to show the movement of the river and not having it appear to be too violent.  The violence would come later…  There was a little bit of cloud cover that played with the brilliance of the day but stayed consistent in its degree of wind and subdued brilliance from the sun.  After the playfulness of the surface film was created the undertones to the river would not be so serene.  With more yarn tied onto the end of the line than ever before the under surface of the river was thrown at the Lexan with as much controlled force as the equipment would allow.  Over and over with dark shades creeping to the very depths of the powerful Missouri the Lexan was struck.  Leaders were snapping against the surface, paint was splattering over the river’s banks, in an attempt to capture the underlying power of the Mighty Mo.

Upon completion of this painting I was pumped!! The unique colors on the other side of the river and the playfulness of the loops in different shades, dance across the surface of the painting.  Large pieces of Lexan should be the staple for every river,  and in the creation of this piece a chapter in the evolution of fly cast painting has been written.

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